Posted by: thewideblueyonder | February 3, 2009

Stop Canadian Seal Hunt

This week marks the beginning of the annual Canadian Harp Seal hunt, the largest marine mammal hunt in the world and the only commercial hunt where the target is the infant of the species.
 
For decades the seal hunt has provoked worldwide outrage and protest by animal-rights, environmental, and scientific groups who object to the viciously cruel practice and the serious threat it poses to the long-term survival of the Harp Seal.
 
For several weeks each spring, the ice floes of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the coast of Newfoundland & Labrador turn bloody, as some 300,000 Harp Seal pups between 2 and 12 weeks old are beaten to death (their skulls crushed with a heavy spiked club called a hakapik) or shot. They are then skinned and the carcasses usually left on the ice or tossed in the ocean.
 
Thousands of other wounded pups manage to escape the hunters, but later die of their injuries or drown. The seals are hunted primarily for their pelts, which are exported to make designer-label coats and accessories.
 
Despite the cruelty of the seal hunt and potentially devastating effects of global warming to Harp Seal breeding grounds, the Canadian government has raised the annual seal hunt quotas to the highest levels in history.
 
How can you save Harp Seals?
 
Join the boycott of Canadian Seafood and encourage you local grocer and restaurant to do the same.
Write to Gucci, Prada, and Versace, to express your opinion of their products made from Harp Seal pups.
If you are a Canadian citizen, write to your MPP / MPP and express your opinion of the seal hunt.
Write to Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and express your opinion of the seal hunt.
Urge Canada’s Minister of International Trade to Stop the Seal Hunt.
Learn more about Seals and consider joining organizations that are rallying to end the seal hunt.

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  1. This is an outrage – thanks for your in depth post and instructions on how to help end this barbaric slaughter.


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